Music has certainly changed the lives of millions of people out there. The early ‘40s saw a boom in the industry, which only escalated over time. We all have listened to legends like Elvis Presley or Elton John, but have you ever wondered who are the top selling music artists of all time? Well, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), here are the most successful musicians that the world has ever seen.
- The Beatles
SourceThe legendary British brand still holds various records in the music industry. They released their first single in 1962 and dominated the industry for the next decade. Till date, they have sold around 270 million units with a claimed sale of 1.3 billion records.
- Elvis Presley
SourceElvis remains the top-selling solo artist of all time. The king of rock and roll released his first smashing hit in 1954. He has sold over 212 million records so far.
SourceThis might sound hard to believe, but Rihanna has out-done legends like Celine Dion or Mariah Carey with her commercially successful music. The Barbados-based singer has sold around 210 million hits.
- Michael Jackson
SourceWith a whopping figure of over 180 million, Michael Jackson has truly become the ultimate king of pop. He remained active in the industry for decades and created his own league.
SourceMadonna is certainly a diva with an impressive music career of almost 40 years. She has sold more than 170 million records so far, with a claimed sale of 300 million.
- Elton John
SourceSir Elton John got a superstar status way back in the 1970s with his smashing hits. He holds the certified sales of around 168 million records.
- Garth Brooks
SourceCountry music certainly has its own charm! Garth Brooks is synonymous with the true spirit of country music. The legend has already sold over 156 million units.
- Taylor Swift
SourceTaylor Swift has taken the entire music industry by a storm. No one can deny her charm and with her massive commercial success, she is expected to break most of the records in the coming decade. She has already sold around 150 million records.
- Led Zeppelin
SourceOne of the most successful rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin is considered the second biggest band that came out of the United Kingdom after The Beatles. They have sold around 140 million records so far.
- Mariah CareySourceWho hasn’t heard of Mariah Carey, right? The diva needs no introduction. The R&B Soul singer has already crossed the mark of 130 million units, which is only increasing with every single day.
This iconic rock band has certainly inspired millions of people out there. According to the RIAA, Eagles have sold around 129 million hits.
SourceThe US-based rapper is undoubtedly the biggest thing in hip-hop. He came into the limelight almost 20 years back and is still considered a force to be reckoned with. He has sold almost 128 million records.
- Celine Dion
SourceCeline Dion is the most successful Canadian artist of all time. She has given massive hits time and time again and impressed us all with her amazing vocals. She has sold around 125 million units so far.
- Pink Floyd
SourcePink Floyd is one of those Progressive Rock bands that can never go out of the trends. They are largely celebrated even today for their timeless songs. They hold the record of selling around 118 million hits.
- Whitney Houston
SourceWhitney is the only artist so far who has given seven consecutive #1 songs. In her short yet prime period, she has broken several records and sold over 112 million units.
There are plenty of other artists like AC/DC, Queen, The Rolling Stones, U2, ABBA, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy Joel who crossed the 100-million unit milestone as well.
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